The latest installment of our Baristanet Profile series, where we get to know the people in our neighborhood:
Name: Doug Hall
Where do you live? Prescott Ave in Montclair
When did you move there? 1992 (from NYC)
Where did you grow up? Kansas, Colorado, Missouri, and Syracuse, New York (my Dad was a professor at Syracuse University)
How do you make a living? I’m a composer and music producer for television, films, commercials, etc. I also play live music, and teach piano to adults and kids.
Coffee, tea or … ? Yes!
What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday? It would have to involve music, maybe playing a gig with my band Julie’s Party, which includes my wife, Iris, on vocals.
What’s your favorite local restaurant? That’s a tough call, there are a lot of good ones! You can’t beat the coffee at the Bluestone…
What’s on your nightstand? I like to read several books simultaneously. Right now, it’s “The Geography of Genius” by Eric Weiner, “The Positive Pianist” by Thomas J. Parente (of Montclair), and “One Way Out” (the Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band) by Alan Paul.
What are you listening to? My favorite band is Pinegrove, featuring my son, Evan Stephens Hall. But I like everything from roots rock and funk to jazz, classical, African music, Brazilian music, film scores, etc. etc.
What are your current addictions? We just binge-watched the Netflix original series, “Love”. There’s only one season so far, I can’t wait for the next!
Talent you would most like to have. I’d like to have a talent for foreign languages–but I don’t.
What’s the worst-kept secret about Montclair? There are an incredible number of very talented people living here!
What do you hope they say about you at your funeral? That I lived a really, really long time, haha. And that I always tried to be kind.